Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo range expanded

The new Polo model range is now complete with the introduction of the 1.0 TSI BlueMotion – the first Volkswagen BlueMotion with TSI engine, 1.4 TDI engines and GTI with manual transmission.

The refreshed Polo was launched in June 2014 with the introduction of fuel efficient four-cylinder 1.0 TSI engines and class leading driver assistance systems such as Automatic Post-Collision Braking and Fatigue Detection. For the interior, new instrument cluster and infotainment system were also introduced.

With the introduction of the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Volkswagen has succeeded in optimising the already economical TSI engine in the new Polo model range. The improvements to the engine management system have made it possible to reduce fuel consumption by a further 0.7 litres to 4.2 l/100 km when compared to the entry level 1.2 TSI 66 kW (4.9l/100km) and emissions to only 97 g/km (117 g/km) CO2.  Similar to other Polo hatch derivatives available in South Africa, the Polo TSI BlueMotion also complies with the EU4 emissions standard. The new three-cylinder engine with a one litre displacement delivers 70 kW and can reach a top speed of 191 km/h.

Apart from the first use of the highly efficient engine, the excellent fuel consumption figures were also the result of lowering the ride height and improving the aerodynamics over the radiator grille and the underbody. Furthermore, the Polo TSI BlueMotion also benefits from reduced rolling resistance tyres and longer gear ratios in the upper transmission stages. Other factors contributing to greater driving economy are the stop/start system, regenerative braking and a gear-change indicator for the driver.

Like all Polo derivatives, the new Polo TSI BlueMotion offers a wide range of standard and optional convenience and safety technologies which are unique in this class. These include standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, (which automatically initiates braking after a collision) and an optional Driver Alert System.

The infotainment choice has also been re-conceptualised with the addition of an optional Radio Composition Media with 5.8-inch touchscreen. This system offers functions such a proximity sensor (other menu details are shown when hand approaches the screen). The standard infotainment system is a Radio Composition Colour with colour touchscreen, CD and MP3 functionality, SD-card and 6-speakers. It also has connectivity package which includes Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phone and audio streaming as well as USB port.

Following the introduction of the new 1.2 TSI engine in June 2014, the diesel turbo direct injection engines are also new in the refreshed Polo. The three-cylinder TDI engines generate their power from a 1.4-litre displacement (previously 1.6 litres). The power output ranges from 55 kW to 77 kW (which is identical to the previous model).

The new three-cylinder engines offer very good comfort properties. These engines are designed to have quiet acoustics and very low vibration. Thanks to the type of engine mounts used as well as a balancer shaft and a dual-mass flywheel. An innovatively designed engine cover and special auxiliary shell for the oil pan also contribute towards further reducing acoustics. Exhaust emissions and consumption values have also been reduced. The 55 kW Polo TDI has exceptional combined fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km (108 g/km of CO2).

The 55 kW is a new entrant to the TDI engine range. Its powerful 210 Nm of torque is available at a low 1,500 rpm. It generates its maximum power between 3,000 and 3,750 rpm. With this engine, the Polo TDI has a top speed of 173 km/h and sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.9 seconds. A 5-speed manual transmission is used with this engine.

Especially noteworthy here, is the excellent progress made in the new Polo TDI with 77 kW. The maximum torque of 250 Nm is similar to its 1.6 TDI predecessor. The difference with the 1.4 TDI is that it achieves its maximum torque from a low 1,500 rpm compared to 1,750 rpm by its predecessor. The new engine has a fuel consumption of only 4.1l/100km (4.2l/100km) and CO2 emissions value of 108 g/km (109 g/km). It has a top speed of 194 km/h and completes the classic sprint to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds.

Both Polo BlueMotion and Polo TDI engines are offered with an array of optional convenient and functional features which can be ordered to individualise the new Polo. These optional features include Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights (only available with CrossPolo and BlueMotion derivatives), panoramic sunroof, removable towbar, climatronic air-conditioning, light and vision package (includes auto-dimming interior mirror, rain sensor wipers and low beam assist), park distance control (front and rear), rear view camera ‘Rear Assist’ and cruise control (standard in BlueMotion).

The resulting weight savings ensure that the XE is the most fuel-efficient Jaguar yet. With its 2.0-litre i4 turbo diesel engine, producing 132kW and 430Nm, it boasts a combined fuel consumption figure of 4.2 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of only 109g/km. These low emissions also place it below the South African government’s carbon tax threshold of 120g/km, and thus buyers can avoid having to pay additional carbon taxes.

Even with beautiful, eye-catching lines, the Jaguar XE’s aluminium-intensive body structure still offers exceptional torsional stiffness. Lightweight, yet strong, it incorporates highly advanced suspension systems to deliver unparalleled levels of ride quality, handling and steering.